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In numbers: Prince Harry's Invictus Games

  • £1 million - The amount in pounds donated from the Libor fund to support the event
  • 8 - The percentage of the British team who are in the RAF
  • 9 - The number of sports included in the Games
  • 13 - The number of nations taking part
  • 23 - The percentage of the British team who are in the naval service
  • 42 - The percentage of the British team who are still serving members of the armed forces
  • 58 - The percentage of veterans in the British team
  • 67 - The number of days of training completely in the build-up to the selection of the British team
  • 69 - The percentage of the British team in the army
  • 131 - The number of people in the British armed forces team
  • 400 - The rough number of participants in the Games
  • 497 - The number of coaching hours completed in the build-up to the British team selection

Harry confesses to 'sleepless nights' ahead of games

I think everyone should be humbled. The reaction I have seen today for all the organising committee has reminded us exactly why we have done this.

The difference it's going to make for these guys to be part of these games is huge. Seeing all the faces and reactions from these individuals, I'm absolutely over the moon.

– Prince Harry

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Teams from around the world prepare for Invictus Games

  • Teams have travelled from the USA, Denmark, Estonia, France and Italy, Canada, Holland, Australia, Afghanistan, Georgia, New Zealand and Germany for the games, which were inspired by the United States' Warrior Games
  • Tonight an audience will gather on the South Lawn of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the prelude to the start of the competition, which has been put together by Kim Gavin, creative director of the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony

Prince Harry to open the inaugural Invictus Games

Prince Harry's inaugural Invictus Games will officially open tonight with a military-themed ceremony at the home of the London 2012 Olympics.

Prince Harry on stage at the Invictus Games welcome reception Credit: PA

The opening ceremony for the games for injured servicemen and women will feature an exclusive performance of the official anthem penned by Coldplay's Chris Martin as well as a flypast from the Red Arrows over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The 5,000-strong audience will include Prince Harry, his brother the Duke of Cambridge, their father the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

'No blowing from the left', jokes Harry as script disappears

Prosthetics, dogs, wheelchairs, high-performance cars, 4x4s, tattoos - we've got everything here. It could only be the Invictus Games.

– Prince Harry

As his speech blew away, raising laughter from the audience, Harry was forced to retrieve it, joking:

No blowing from the left, thank you.

– Prince Harry

Watch the clip below.

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Invictus Games athletes to be announced

The team of over 100 athletes from the Armed Forces chosen to represent Great Britain at the upcoming Invictus Games will be announced later this morning. The Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded servicemen and women, will staged at the site of the former Olympic Games in East London next month.

The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence. Launched by Prince Harry earlier this year, the event will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

The nine adaptive sports to feature at the Invictus Games are: Archery, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Powerlifting, Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming and Sitting Volleyball